Do Dallas' observations apply to "silent editing" of HPB's writings by TC & BdZ
Jul 19, 2006 10:32 AM
Dallas on the "silent editing" [ INVISIBLE EDITING ]
of HPB's Writings.
BELOW is a quote from Dallas from several years ago.
Do these observations by Dallas apply
equally well to both the "silent editing" done in the
Theosophy Company's edition of HPB's VOICE OF THE SILENCE
and also to Boris de Zirkoff's editing of THE SECRET DOCTRINE
and HPB's other Collect Writings??
Here are Dallas' words:
Those who insist on using the ORIGINAL WRITINGS from which to
study and grow in understanding are, in my esteem, not being
dogmatic, they are merely being careful.
For their understanding they can (in case of The SECRET
DOCTRINE ) recall that the Mahatmas gave Dr. Hubbe-Schleiden a
signed certificate ( reprinted by Mr. Judge in PATH Magazine,
Vol. 8, p. 1-3 ) This certificate stated that The SECRET
DOCTRINE was the produced under their triple authorship.
Personally, I have a great pity for those who have made
alterations and invisible editing in such an important work. I
include all who may have done this in my mind. On the opposite
hand: I feel gratitude for those who have offered "corrections
needed in the ORIGINAL" and that they think will be helpful to
students, but who have been careful to IDENTIFY and FOOTNOTE
their changes so that the said student has a choice.
By what amounts to "concealing" those changes made in the
ORIGINAL (yet using the Original Title) and thus tacitly
attributing those new and interposed changes to the Author - who
has had no chance to agree to them -- they may have blurred or
obscured some meanings. Just how important those altered
meanings and changes are, need not be a subject for restudy if
one deals with the ORIGINALS to begin with.
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